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Easy way to mix Mel's mix

Post  Josh on 3/20/2010, 7:51 pm

I found an easy way to mix Mel's mix. Yesterday we mixed enough for two 4 x 4 6 inch deep SFG's, and I used a drill to mix it all up with, and it was very easy and worked excellent.
I have a video of me mixing some for you to see.
I used a 5 gallon bucket to measure with, it will hold around 1 cubic foot.
I mixed it in the wheel barrow, but you could use a large plastic container if you don't have a wheel barrow.

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Re: Easy way to mix Mel's mix

Post  choksaw on 3/20/2010, 8:44 pm

good job very inventive way to get things done love the stone block paths between your gardens as well might i ask what the metal tub in the backround is going to be used for i was thinking of getting 1 for an herb garden
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Re: Easy way to mix Mel's mix

Post  happyfrog on 3/20/2010, 9:07 pm

dude - great idea!

i had been toying with idea of renting a concrete hopper but i have a drill and a paint mixer blade in basement. . . so that would be free vs $25 rental fee. ..

hmm. .. .

i need to get the rest of my materials together so i can expand my garden. I'm itching to get moving!

and also, HI!!! was wondering when I'd see you on again - i really enjoy your posts. you're most interesting - great gardens and insights to boot!

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Post  timwardell on 3/20/2010, 9:24 pm

Thank god for power tools! Nice garden in the background too!
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Post  Daynannan on 3/20/2010, 10:42 pm

Beautiful garden! That looks a lot easier than doing it on a tarp!
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Post  boffer on 3/20/2010, 10:46 pm

great idea. I guess I better dust off my Hole Hawg, I think I can still pick it up!
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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/21/2010, 9:10 am

I've been wanting to show this to Ray because of the garden, very nice!

Deborah ....my next wheelbarrow will be a contractor size.
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Re: Easy way to mix Mel's mix

Post  Josh on 3/21/2010, 10:35 am

Thanks everyone, I hope the idea helps out. The drill attachment is for drilling holes in the ground to plant flower bulbs, you can find it in the garden area, it works great for digging holes too. I'm sure the paint mixer attachment would work great too.

The large metal tub is what we use to mix a large amount of Mel's mix in, the drill works the same on a large amount. We already had the metal tub, we use it for several things. It would make a good container to grow in if it had drainage holes, some people use them for water gardens too.


Mel says...don't forget to grow flowers in your gardens.....because they're pretty!

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Re: Easy way to mix Mel's mix

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/21/2010, 10:39 am

@Josh wrote:
Mel says...don't forget to grow flowers in your gardens.....because they're pretty!


AND they make the bee's feel welcome!
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Post  lavamom on 3/21/2010, 2:33 pm

Question - did this method stir up a lot of dust?

Thanks for posting the idea.

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Re: Easy way to mix Mel's mix

Post  Josh on 3/21/2010, 9:28 pm

The mix of compost was damp and moist, but the vermiculite and peat moss was dry when I mixed them all together, there wasn't any dust from mixing it, the compost sorta made it all moist as it mixed in with the other.
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Post  chocolatepop on 3/21/2010, 10:22 pm

Welcome back Josh!!

Humm... I have a new paint paddle...
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Post  Kabaju42 on 3/21/2010, 10:46 pm

I've seen the comercials for those garden augers before, but never thought one would be worthwhile until now. That's cool.
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Post  lizzo on 3/29/2010, 7:34 pm

I like this idea too.

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